Thank Your Cleaner Day™
Why Thank Your Cleaner Day™ takes on a new meaning this year.
Now more than ever we need to thank our essential workers for their hard work and dedication during the COVID-19 crisis.
14 INCLEAN NEW ZEALAND August 2020
he global COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the vital role of cleaners. In New Zealand, and around the globe, cleaners have remained at the forefront in the fight against COVID-19, providing essential services and ensuring the health and safety of workplaces, employees, and customers. “Thank Your Cleaner Day™ takes on a whole new meaning this year,” says Sarah McBride, CEO of the Building Service Contractors of New Zealand (BSCNZ). “Now more than ever we need to thank our essential workers for their hard work and dedication during the COVID-19 crisis. Through this pandemic commercial cleaners are now recognised for the critical role they play in keeping us all safe. “Special thanks and recognition to our key sponsor Kärcher for their ongoing work with the BSCNZ to promote this day not just in New Zealand but globally.” Launched by the BSCNZ, Thank Your Cleaner Day™ will be held on Wednesday, 21 October, 2020. Now in its sixth year, the day aims to raise the profile of the industry as well as celebrate the role of professional cleaners. Since its launch, the event has continued to garner global attention from building service contractors and their customers, with the event now celebrated in more than 20 countries. In 2019, Canada, US, UK, Spain, Mexico, Argentina,
Chile and Colombia were among some of the countries to have participated. In New Zealand, the commercial cleaning sector is worth more than $1 billion annually and employs more than 30,000 people. Throughout the country’s lockdown cleaners kept some of the most high-risk facilities and occupants safe and have continued to perform essential services work post-lockdown. “The industry has always been an unseen and unrecognised workforce,” says Paul Emery, managing director of ToTal Property Services (Canterbury) and president of the BSCNZ board. “Generally, cleaners come into buildings and offices after hours once everyone has left. But the perception of the industry is changing. There’s a greater appreciation for the industry because when we could, we worked through [lockdown] as an essential service to keep other companies going. “Without cleaners, you would be surprised by how many workplaces and businesses would grind to a halt, particularly in the currently climate. More now than even recognition of the work the industry does is needed.” Building service contractors and their customers are encouraged to host events such as a morning tea or barbeque on Wednesday, 21 October, or purchase a BSCNZ’s Thank Your Cleaner Day™ gift box for team members. Developed in conjunction with NZ Cleaning Supplies, BSCNZ will be producing 1500 gift boxes this year, which feature a range of products from